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scary

More of the Scary, Scary Chinese Products saga.... Now it seems New Zealand is jumping on the toxic toothpaste bandwagon, too. What irritates me, though, is the irresponsible journalism that's driving this scare: While the ministry stopped short of telling...

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the front gate

Somehow I managed to sleep until 11 this morning. I haven't done anything like that for ages. Oh well... So at about half past five on Sunday evening lzh and I got off the 726 bus at Qianmen. I was astounded. I hadn't been down that way for a very long...

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Chingis and me

I don't know why, but I've developed a bit of a fascination with Mongolia this summer. Maybe it's connected with that little bit of study I did at the beginning of the summer. Maybe it's connected with a couple of films I've watched lately. Actually,...

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blood diamonds and painted veils

Well, before I get on to more crappy, boring film reviews, let me point you all in the direction of this breath of fresh air: William Pesek asks "What's the big deal?" A couple of excerpts: Who really thinks China needs a coming-out party? The place is,...

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not so happy feet

So on my walk yesterday afternoon, out in heat and humidity that had already passed the "utterly ridiculous" mark, I stopped by a DVD store over on Wusheng Lu. I haven't been DVD shopping for ages. One problem with buying DVDs is that some films I like...

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things I've learned....

So one week with the in-laws, most of that time without lzh's presence.... It was good, and not just because I could kick back and relax in clean air drinking tea made from water that can be drunk straight out of the tap and generally just relaxing in...

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why?

Why? Why did I come back to Beijing? What would I do such a thing for? Oh, yes, the intervention of real life. I really should think about preparing for the coming semester. And new students must be interviewed this weekend, presumably on Sunday. Ugh....

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and while I'm rambling aimlessly....

It occurred to me the other day that if the Guanting Reservoir were drained and a city built on its bed, you could turn Yanqing into north China's answer to Mexico City. I hope nobody responsible for planning China's future thinks I'm actually making...

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new fence

So it seems the new fence around the sheep pen and a run from the sheep pen along the southern wall to the gate is now finished. Looking out the window now, it looks pretty good. And having just come back from the toilet, I can assure you it's a huge...

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nothing

Nothing much is happening. I'm just hanging around, relaxing, watching TV, occasionally getting on line, that's about it, and it feels good. Well, I guess I'll have to head back into Beijing soon, probably in the next day or two. I suddenly realised this...

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